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Sugar is the devil, right?  Well, no...but we definitely want to limit it - especially the added sugar.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugar to less than 10% of your daily calories.  For a 150 pound person, this is 150 calories from added sugar, or 38 grams of sugar - max, per day.  While it is fine to indulge sometimes, having some strategies to limit sugar in general leaves room for that occasional splurge.  Try these ideas:

1. Don't add sugar (or honey, syrup, molasses, agave, ....) at the table.  

Cut back on sugar in your tea/coffee, adding extra sugar to cereal, putting syrup it on waffles, or sugar on strawberries.  You can start by cutting the amount in half and then wean down from there.

2. Swap out your sugar sweetend beverage.

Soda, lemonade, and sports drinks are the biggest culprits, but some "healthy" looking drinks like smoothies and juices are real sugar busts.  Try to swap these out for fruit infused water (grea...

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